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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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The care of older people in Sweden

The care of older people in Sweden

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(p.229) Fourteen The care of older people in Sweden
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Care, community and citizenship
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Christina Hjorth Aronsson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.003.0015

This chapter explains how a care discourse was elaborated within the Swedish welfare state with universal rights for the care of citizens. It focuses on the care of older people, a matter of social and political importance because of the ageing population and the complex difficulties within welfare of balancing services and expenditure. The social care discourse of the Swedish model evolved in an era of universal welfare solutions distributed by the public sector, with the state as the conductor and the municipalities determining and distributing services as the providers. Legally, questions concerning older people came under the Poor Laws, a situation that persisted until the Social Services Act came into force in 1980. Since then, service is the overall terminology for the satisfaction of social and personal needs, services, and care.

Keywords:   welfare state, universal rights, Social Services Act, social policy

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